Last Wednesday’s vendor open house brought about a very important aspect of the foodservice industry: variety.
Nate Booth, a senior corporate accounts manager for Kerry Foodservice Brands, showcased some of the best products from top brands; from chai flavors to kid-inspired drink mixes.
The events began with an introduction to the well-renown Oregon Chai brand, which is the no. 1 selling chai brand.
Chai sales are continuously on the rise as people seek alternatives to coffee drinks. Booth said 49 percent of coffee shops, donut shops and cafes have chai on their menus.
For those not already serving chai, Booth encouraged them to try out Oregon Chai’s delicious Chai Tea Latte Concentrate. Guests had the opportunity to taste this sweet and simple mix during the session.
Booth followed his Oregon Chai demonstration with an in-depth conversation about DaVinci Gourmet products. While this brand carries a wild variety of products, it began with its focus on coffee beverages.
“DaVinci Gourmet (syrups) was made for coffee,” Booth said. The brand was founded in Seattle, WA in the 1990s and was developed to focus on accenting espresso.
This is what makes these syrups stand out from other leading brands. DaVinci Gourmet flavors perform very well in both hot and cold coffee drinks.
Flavor is a necessity, Booth said. “Not everyone likes an Americano.” Guests chuckled and nodded.
Flavored beverages add uniqueness and quality to beverages that might otherwise be ordinary. Adding flavor to beverages can increase profits by 10-40 percent, he said.
Along with syrups, Booth highlighted the brand’s sauces. Each flavor breaks down and infuses the beverage instead of drifting to the bottom of the cup. These sauces thoroughly and evenly add flavor.
“We want the first sip to taste like the last sip,” Booth said.
The final presentation featured Big Train, a brand of tasty powder drink mixes and concentrates. Seminar attendees had the opportunity to help create and taste test some of Big Train’s Blended Creme products, including a flavor from its Kidz Kreamz line.
Two more vendor open house sessions are available for sign-ups. On May 18, Ghirardelli will present its incredible selection of products. Click here for more information and for RSVP instructions.